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Headword: Kleokritos
Adler number: kappa,1721
Translated headword: Kleokritos, Cleocritus
Vetting Status: high
This man was ridiculed in comedy as women-mad and debauched and an alien and low-born and a son of Kybele; [this last was] because softies were present in the mysteries of Rhea. Also, he had a bird-like appearance, which is why the proverb is said of debauchees.
Greek Original:
Kleokritos: houtos ekômôideito hôs gunaikias kai kinaidos kai xenos kai dusgenês kai Kubelês huios: epei en tois mustêriois tês Rheas malakoi parêsan. ên de kai tên opsin ornithôdês. eirêtai oun epi tôn kinaidôn hê paroimia.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 876 [877 in some editions], where he is mentioned: web address 1.
cf. kappa 2586, kappa 2587, lambda 264.
The bird that Kleokritos allegedly looked like, mentioned earlier in the line, was the ostrich, strouthos; and Hesychius glosses that word as "lecher".
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995) 512-13
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; proverbs; religion; women; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 July 2001@10:15:28.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link) on 13 October 2003@20:49:23.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 14 October 2003@07:58:37.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 21 January 2007@10:43:02.
David Whitehead on 12 June 2012@05:01:31.
David Whitehead on 27 February 2013@08:07:34.


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